Photo: Andrea Kim Valdez in London

Andrea Kim Valdez

Artist, Curator, Arts administrator, Project manager, Event organiser

I am a sculptor and a founder and organising member of the Crouch End Open Studios for the past ten years. I am now taking an organisational back seat and concentrating on my own work whilst focusing my curating interests and skills on a new exhibiting project, Front Room Art. 

My sculpture is varied in both materials and concept, ranging from installation, commissioned outdoor works, to smaller ceramic or wooden works, usually of a semi-abstract nature.

Recent work explores the use of Fluorescent Acrylic sheet as an expressive material.

I also draw extensively and have used original drawings and photographs to create on an iPad  ‘Las Amazonas’, a series of layered images available as digital prints.

I write and tweet regularly about art under the pseudonym of ‘The Unknown Artist’  - an identity I assumed after making a full size acrylic sheet sculpture of Albert Turpin, an artist well known the 1930’s as an artist of the ‘East London Group’ whose work disappeared from history until resurrected by the recent book ’ From Bow to Biennale’ by David Buckman.

The following articles can be read at this link – Artlyst blogs
‘Vivre Le Lieu’ – sculpture at the village of Ozenay, France
Michael Craig Martin must be reading my blog! Sculpture at the RA Summer Exhibition.
Juan Uslé and Richard Deacon at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
Art, Science or Boyle Family? ….and Anaïs Tondeur, Nuuk Island, 2014 . A trip to the Jerwood gallery at Hastings
Dumas and Kiefer- Reflections on their work following their London exhibitions
Subterranean Sculpture Shock – Lynn Dennison at The Rotherhithe Shaft
Rain, Hail, Snow- adventures in ‘ddr limited’ Central Berlin
Three Days in Valencia: Picasso watching Television.
Three Days in Valencia: IVAM- El Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno-
Three days in Valencia: A surprise at the Museo de Bellas Artes.
The Three M’s – Mortality, Motivation and Meaning in the life of an Artist
Not just for Christmas- the economics of the artist
‘The Importance of a Title’- a visit to the UpDown Gallery, Ramsgate

Earlier articles can be found on the Facebook notes of The Unknown Artist including the series on ‘The Unknown Artist investigates the Restorative Powers of Art at the Seaside’


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Location London
Activities Practice-based research, Residencies, Curating, Events management, Web development
Artforms / type of project Digital, Drawing, Installation, Mixed Media, Sculpture
Tags crouch end open studios, sculpture, amazonas, the unkown artist project, wilderness, ecos de la selva, warbaby, acrylic sculpture, environment, Front Room Art

News & Events

  • Paint and Pixels“Paint and Pixels” will be showing on September 4th/5th/6th at the Avondale Gallery.

    “Paint and Pixels” is a joint exhibition of Judy Gilley’s gouache still lives and Kim Valdez’s iPad paintings from the Amazon. Kim will be pleased to demonstrate drawing on the iPad.

  • Artists of the 1930's -the East London Group Rediscovered - an illustrated talk by David Buckman

    May 6th , 7pm , The Original Gallery, Hornsey Library, Haringey Park, N8 9JA, London

    During the 1930's, artists of the East London Group were compared favourably with The London Group and exhibited regularly alongside artists such as Barbara Hepworth, and Henry Moore.

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  • The Unknown Artist

    10/05/2014 – 11/05/2014
    Venue 17, Crouch End Open Studios

    I will be showing an installation Inspired by the rediscovery of The East London Group - British artists well-known in the 1930's , whose history is traced in 'From Bow to Biennale' by David Buckman

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  • The Unknown Artist

    I am currently bloging on the Crouch End Open Studios page of Facebook about the development of this Project which will be exhibited on May 10/11th at the Crouch End Open Studios.

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